Colombia: “Armenians did Genocide”

Following Mexico, the Colombian Senate has also recognized the 1992 Khojaly events as a genocide.

Anadolu Agency / 24.4.2012

Armenian Doctor Killed Children in Khojaly Genocide

Mexico: “Armenians did Genocide”

The Mexican Senate has recognized as genocide the Khojaly massacre committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis during the Karabakh war in 1992.

Armenian armed forces on February 25-26, 1992 attacked Azerbaijani civilians in Khojaly, a town located in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno Karabakh region. As a result of their actions, which were recognized by the international community as genocide, hundreds of people were killed merely because of their ethnic background, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said Tuesday with reference to the Mexican Senate’s decision.

613 people were brutally killed in the attack, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly. 1,275 were taken captives, while 487 became handicapped and 190 went missing.

The Mexican legislature called for a return of the Azerbaijanis displaced during the 1990s war with Armenia to their homes in the territories which have since been under Armenian occupation. The IDPs and refugees’ return, it said, is to comply with the process of settling the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and with the gist of the Madrid principles, a peace outline proposed by OSCE mediators. / 21.12.2011

Nicolas Sarkozy

Charles Aznavur: “The Turks are very different, good people.”

French-Armenian World-famous singer and song-writer Charles Aznavur has proposed replacing the term “Genocide” with another word. According to the Turkish media, the singer addressd the Armenia-Turkey raprrochement process on Sunday, while speaking during a popular TV broadcast on a French channel. “The word genocide is bothering me,” he said. “You should find another word to ask for a dialogue with the Turks”.

Aznavur, who now serves as Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland, is said to have expressed a positive opinion about Turkey and the Turkish nation: “I see the dream to visit Turkey. I was told because the Turks are very different, good people. There is nice weather, nice food,” the singer was quoted as saying.

His statement has reportedly stirred up anger among Armenians worldwide, with many accused the singer of denialism and betrayal. “Some Armenians have sent letters to Armenian organizations in France, calling for criticism against Charles Aznavour. Yet, there are many others who support Aznavur,” the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported. According to the Turkish Milliyet, Armenians from different world countries have asked the Armenian organizations in France to criticize the singer. / 8.9.2011